Katharine Hepburn: I expect you to face this situation like an adul ...
Howard Hughes: DON'T TALK DOWN TO ME! Don't you ever talk talk down to me! You're a movie star, nothing more!

I'm in a street fight, and I'm not going to lose.

Howard Hughes

I want ten chocolate chip cookies. Medium chips. None too close to the outside.

Howard Hughes

Can't you just eat ice cream out of a bowl, like everyone else?

Katharine Hepburn

Spencer Tracy: Something the matter?
Katharine Hepburn: There's just too much "Howard Hughes" in "Howard Hughes". That's what's the matter.

Howard Hughes: Look at me, Kate. Stop acting.
Katharine Hepburn: Ha. I'm not acting.
Howard Hughes: I wonder if you even know any more.
Katharine Hepburn: Don't be unkind.

Jack Frye: You want me to bribe senators?
Howard Hughes: I don't want them bribed, Jack. I want this done legal. I want them BOUGHT.

Howard Hughes: [doesn't hear what Kate says] Excuse me?
Katharine Hepburn: Well, if you're deaf, you must own up to it. Get a hearing aid, or see my father. He's an urologist, but it's all tied up inside the body, don't you find?
Howard Hughes: Mmm.
Katharine Hepburn: Me, I keep healthy. I take 7 showers a day to keep clean, also because I'm so vulgarly referred to as "outdoors-y." Well, I'm not "outdoors-y," I'm athletic. I sweat! There it is, now we both know the sordid truth: I sweat, and you're deaf. Aren't we a fine pair of misfits?

You know, fame is supposed to be MY turf.

Katharine Hepburn

Howard Hughes: No, wait! Honey, you can't move! You can't move, you're safe here! You're in the germ-free zone now, y'understand?
Ava Gardner: I'll take my chances.
Howard Hughes: No, no! Honey, wait... wait, uh...
[Ava removes the string barriers from the doorway and walks into the study. She turns on the light, revealing that entire room is covered with used tissues and string barriers everywhere. Silence for a moment]
Ava Gardner: Love what you've done with the place...

Howard Hughes: You're the tallest woman I have ever met.
Katharine Hepburn: And all sharp elbows and knees. Beware.

Katharine Hepburn: I've got a better idea, take me flying! Or better yet, I'll take you flying!
Howard Hughes: Do your worst, Miss Hepburn.

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The Aviator Quotes

You don't own me, Howard. I'm not one of your teenage whores and I'm not some damn airplane!

Ava Gardner

Howard Hughes: Does that look clean to you?
Ava Gardner: Nothing's clean, Howard. But we do our best, right?